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Other conditions for which cannabis drugs were often prescribed in the late 19th century were loss of appetite, inability to sleep, migraine headache, pain, involuntary twitching, excessive coughing, and treatment of withdrawal symptoms from morphine and alcohol addiction. At least 100 major articles were published in scientific journals between 1840 and 1900 recommending cannabis as a therapeutic agent for various health conditions. Cannabis was also still widely used by herbalists and was a natural choice for the homeopathic tinctures that were popular. Reports in the literature described its effectiveness over a wide range of ailments, including gynecological disorders, such as excessive menstrual cramps and bleeding, treatment and prophylaxis of migraine headaches, alleviation of withdrawal symptoms of opium and chloral hydrate addiction, tetanus, insomnia, delerium tremens, muscle spasms, strychnine poisoning, asthma, cholera, dysentery, labor pain, psychosis, spasmodic cough, excess anxiety, gastrointestinal cramps, depression, nervous tremors, bladder irritation, and psychosomatic illness.
By 1896 several useful new resin derivatives were developed. In a cooperative venture, Eli Lilly and Parke Davis developed a very potent domesticated indica strain called Cannabis Americana.
From p. 23 of Chris Conrad's (1997) Hemp for health: The medicinal and nutritional uses of Cannabis sativa.
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